First Look: Rahaa Maldives

Located in the untouched Laamu atoll – one of the sets of Star Wars Rogue One – Rahaa Maldives is a resort that appeals to a wide range of travellers, from honeymooners and families to groups of friends and adventurers.

Evenly spread across two natural islands lush with vegetation, wide stretches of dazzling white beach, an aqua lagoon and a natural saltwater lake. At Rahaa, visitors are enveloped with a sense of belonging and being at home while also at one with the surroundings.

Lake View Villa

The Lake View Villas offer exceptional views of the lake from the comfort of your bed. Wake to the sounds of birds singing in the trees across the lake or enjoy incredible sunsets from your private terrace.  Tucked in lush foliage and flanked by the gently swaying palms, the Ocean View Villas offer the ultimate privacy and breath-taking views of the Indian Ocean. Recline on an outdoor daybed under the rays or read a book under the shade as the coconut-scented sea breeze cools you down.

Ocean View Villa

Intertwined with nature, the villas fuse local materials with contemporary interiors for ultimate relaxation and privacy. Spacious terraces are positioned ensuring total immersion in the scenery. Combining vibrant minimalistic modern design with local Maldivian architecture, inside one will find contemporary interiors designed for solace and total immersion in nature. All modern comforts are covered from the air-conditioning to the king-size bed, smart TV, mini bar and a private terrace with a daybed to unwind. The bathrooms are equipped with bathrobes, bath amenities and an outdoor shower.


When it comes to dining, Rahaa brings together the best of local and international cuisines prepared by multi-national chefs. A wide range of fine wines from around the world are available to complement the dishes. Enjoy local and international buffet cuisine at ‘Kaage’ – a spacious and breezy beachfront all-day dining restaurant. Theme nights will take you on a trip around the world in seven days, from the Maldives to the Mediterranean and back to the streets of Asia. Live cooking stations spring up on the beach and the oceanic air fills with delightful sounds and smells to stir your palate.


There are two bars ‘Dhiru’Bar’ and ‘Ko’Bar’. All outlets located on the beach with ocean and lake views.  With at the breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, Dhiru’Bar is a laid-back spot by day and a lively cocktail bar by night. Kick back and chill to lounge music with your favourite drink and a snack or dance the night away to the latest beats. While at Ko’bar grab a cold drink and a pizza after a swim, chill in a hammock with a book and a king coconut, or even better, enjoy the magnificent sunset views lakeside and by the sea with a cocktail in hand.


Coming in quarter three the SHACK is a street style outlet in the thick of the jungle that will serve your Mexican favorites. With funky music playing in the background, and margaritas, beer and tequilas flowing, you will get into the mood for a fun-filled evening.

Furthermore, guests can enjoy in-villa dining around the clock or pick a unique location for a special banquet with your loved one – be that a romantic spot on the beach, by the lake, or on an uninhabited island. Rahaa can arrange a special menu and drinks along with entertainment to suit the occasion.


With a focus on revitalization and well-being, the Rahaa Spa is surrounded by the serene saltwater lake. Restore your mind and body to its natural state of energy overlooking the calming waters of the turquoise lake. Rahaa Spa is just the spot to release your stress and unwind. Combining the healing properties of the natural Maldivian elements, a range of massage and body care treatments are carried out by talented professionals.


Discover the incredible Laamu Atoll with Rahaa with its uncrowded surf points, unspoiled dive spots and the historical sights of ancient Buddhist relics on the islands of Gan and Isdhoo. Experience the incredible underwater world of the vibrant Laamu Atoll during a dive or a snorkeling trip. Enjoy a sunset cruise or fishing, search for dolphins or catch a wave at the surf points.

Furthermore, indulge in a sandbank picnic and take incredible pictures or take the jet ski out for a spin to check out the nearby virgin-islands. Rahaa has unlimited choices of activities to keep you entertained, from diving to watersports, kids club, spa, fitness centre, excursions and surfing.


Encircled by all the natural beauty of Laamu, this property is a perfect example of a resort that conveys relaxation and being at one with nature within an intuitive environment, the ocean on one side, the lake on the other and the sunset right in front – this really is paradise.

Rahaa is a short 35-minute flight from the Velana International Airport and a swift 20-minute speed boat from Kadhdhoo Domestic Airport.

Rahaa  Laamu Atoll, Republic of Maldives +960 680-0044

Donna Richardson
Donna Richardson is a contributing editor for Hotelier Maldives. Donna can be contacted on: